Jazz Bass

True '60s Jazz Bass Tone

$99$198

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output

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( 97 genuine reviews)

Fralin Jazz Bass Pickups are fat, loud, punchy, and clear. They have articulation and definition not found in other manufacturers’ pickups. We use all USA-Made parts, and wind and build them one at a time by hand.

Options

Customize your Jazz Bass:

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Raised Centers

Choose this option if you want raised center pole piece magnets on your bridge. This helps with string balance on fingerboards with a radius of less than 9.5 inches. Do not choose this option if you have a flat fingerboard.

Neck-Sized Bridge

In some cases, Fender Mexican Jazz Bass will have an equal-sized Neck & Bridge pickup. We can make this for you. Measure your pickups, and if they are the same, check this box!

Notice

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn About Lead Choice

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Features:

Our Jazz Bass Pickups feature Hand-Built bobbins and hand-wound clarity. Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. These Jazz Bass Pickups consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

Features:

  • 60’s Fender specifications, with modern output
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and clarity
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • Two magnet staggers available for different fingerboard radiuses
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

Sound

Fralin Jazz Bass Pickups offer a wide tonal range. They are wound to 60’s Specifications, which give them more output and balance. Expect a sweeter tone, with a warm midrange. Also, you’ll hear top-end sparkle and clarity. Nuances will come to life as you notice increased presence. They will break up late and stay clean longer.

Are you looking for a Hum Cancelling Jazz Bass pickup that actually sounds like a Jazz Bass? Check out our Split Jazz!

Our Pickups are dynamic – they’ll get punchy if you dig into them. They’ll have top-end spank when you slap them. You’ll also notice they’ll stay soft and dynamic when you play light. Finally, these Jazz Bass Pickups are for those who are not happy with the tone from stock pickups. These tend to be sweeter-sounding, not aggressive. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.

We offer (3) winding options to help you determine the perfect tone:

  • For an era-authentic 60’s tone, use our “Stock Wind”, or, choose “N/A” under output preference
  • For a thicker midrange and fewer highs, choose +5%. This will reduce the highs by 5%, and increase the lows and mids by 5%.
  • For an even thicker tone than the +5%, you can opt for +10%. This is perfect for anyone looking for an aggressively strong midrange and dark tone. Perfect for balancing out a bright sounding bass.
  • If you’re looking for 70’s Jazz Bass tone, use our -5% wind. This will increase the highs by 5%, and decrease the mids by 5%.
Sound Samples for Jazz Bass:
About this Sound Clip:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Jazz Bass:

The tonal graph below for our Jazz Bass features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

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MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

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Tech Specs:

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Jazz Bass.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:8.5K 1
Bridge Ohm Reading:9K 1
Magnet Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Heavy Formvar
Magnet Material:USA-Made Alnico 5
Bobbin Material:USA-Made Stamped Fiberboard
String Spacing (Neck):20mm*
String Spacing (Bridge):21mm*
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.


2 We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.


*String spacing is measured between the center of each set of poles.

Jazz Bass Dimensions:

4-String Jazz Bass Dimensions

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Customer Reviews

97 Genuine Reviews for Jazz Bass

  1. Pete L

    Verified Purchase

    I’m completely satisfied with this pickup, the quality of construction, and the very professional presentation overall. Also a big thumbs up to your customer service department for assisting me with an installation question.

  2. Chris Robbins

    Verified Purchase

    Just like the description states – fat, loud, punchy, and clear. Initially, I was excited to find these pickups because there was an option for Mexi Jazz basses with same-size neck and bridge pickups (which mine is). I got even more excited after reading all the glowing reviews, and I was not disappointed after installing these (fit was perfect). Mine is a fretless and the fullness and range of tones available is awesome. Before pulling the trigger, I had fitment questions and a special request for non-vintage wiring and Lindy called me to discuss personally! It’ll be very difficult to look elsewhere for pickups going forward.

  3. Ian R

    Verified Purchase

    Surprisingly this was my first set of fralins. I’ve always been a lollar/Duncan guy. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to arrive here. But these jazz pickups are ridiculously excellent- fat, punchy, articulate, a little raunchy and super vibey. I’m a believer. Thank you!

  4. Hong

    My second pair of Fralins. Bought my first pair awhile ago put it on my AMPro II then I sold it but I bought the same bass again lol.
    The V-Mods II aren’t bad but definitely not the tone I’m after. This time I went with with the original 60s Fralins (original output) and paired them with the Emerson prewired harness.
    It’s hard to put it into words but the tone is absolutely killing!
    Highly recommended! A+++

  5. Robert Hammill

    Verified Purchase

    You guys are awesome. I just installed my pickups and control plate into my Sire V7 fretless, and it sounds fantastic. So much more bottom end. So much fuller sounding. Looks sharp too! The e-mails you sent while waiting for the build to be complete were also helpful! I can’t thank you enough and would recommend Fralin to anyone and everyone.

  6. Tom Foster

    Verified Purchase

    I had read that Adam Clayton used Lindy’s – I play in a U2 tribute band, so of course I had to try them. I seriously could not be happier with my jazz pickups!! Deep rich sound and the rock grind when needed!

    I also have a set of pickups for my p-bass as well, simply outstanding!

    The turnaround time from order to delivery was shorter than I expected, website was easy to use.. just an all-around great experience!

    I live in Hampton Roads, looking forward to visiting the shop one day!

  7. Muaz

    Verified Purchase

    I was on a quest to mod my own ultimate jazz bass, so I bought a Fender Made in Japan Hybrid II Jazz Bass and started off by doing a push-pull series/parallel mod. Being the perfectionist and tinkerer that I am, I was worried that the stock pickups might not be the best, and started hearing amazing things about Fralin Jazz pickups on a certain well-known bass forum. I’ll be honest, I had never been a big fan of the jazz bass tone. I only bought a jazz bass for its versatility and its neck. Thinking I wanted a thicker almost P-bass-like sound, I ordered a 5% overwind set.

    While waiting for them to arrive, I started worrying whether they would muddy up the sound of my somewhat warm alder + rosewood bass. But no, it’s not the case at all! I’ve finally understood all those adjectives that describe everyone’s ideal jazz bass tone. These pickups have that renowned jazz bass single coil high end sparkle that makes “sweetness” the first word to pop in my mind, *especially* when slapping and popping. The lows are plenty without being muddy, while the mids can be between nicely scooped and fat (not P bass fat though), depending on the volume knobs. I think this is the jazz bass growl that everyone talks about. Pick playing also sounds incredibly punchy. I replaced the stock 0.1 uF capacitor with a 0.022 uF capacitor, and I can now either roll off the excess pick treble or get that Motown sound without being too muddy. I didn’t get the P bass neck tone that I thought I wanted, but instead I got the best pure Jazz bass tone that I could ever produce.

    The downside is the price. Personally it was kind of worth it, but I had to pay the item price + international shipping + import duty (which was 10% of the total cost *including* shipping and insurance, plus a handling charge by UPS; thanks Malaysian customs and UPS) for a subtle improvement. Yep, the stock Japanese pickups were actually pretty great already. Also, the pickup leads were pretty stiff, and it took me considerable effort to fit the huge push-pull pot in the control cavity while pushing the stiff wires out of the way.

    Overall I’m very satisfied. Thank you Lindy! Cheers from Malaysia.

  8. Steve Eisenstadt

    Verified Purchase

    Get a Fender Jazz Bass. Replace original pickups with Fralins. Sell bass for some reason. Get another Fender Jazz Bass. Replace original pickups with Fralins. Sell bass for some reason. Rinse and repeat. I have lost count of how many times I’ve done this. Fralins are my go-to for good reason. Love em love em love em.

  9. Oliver Letz

    Verified Purchase

    I had the bridge PU fail on a recently acquired ’64 Jazz bass. Since the PU did not seem to be original to the bass I opted to have it replaced with an authentic re-creation. After a very nice chat with Lindy we came to the conclusion that it would be best to replace both PU’s with a perfectly matched standard output pair with raised center magnets because of the 7.25” fretboard radius. And so I did.
    I have been playing thetas with the new Fralin PU’s now for about 3 weeks and to be honest I don’t even think of the swap anymore. The Fralins sound authentic, open, articulate and blend perfectly. The string-to-string balance of tone and volume is just about perfect. They complement the mature and resonant character of the bass to produce a true vintage Jazz bass tone. I could not be happier with my choice.
    Dealing with everyone at Fralin Pickups was a joy and I really appreciated the personal attention I received. Thank you!

  10. Randy Gonzalez

    Verified Purchase

    I have a late 90s ( don’t know the exact year) made in Mexico Fender Jazz Bass that had some active EMG’s in it for about 15 years. I decided it was time to get some different pickups and I wanted a set that would give me that classic, quintessential jazz bass tone. Got a set of the Fralin Jazz Bass pickups with a standard wind, put them in the bass, and wow! The tone is fantastic! It’s totally the classic jazz bass sound I was looking for. The sound is also very balanced between the two pickups when used individually and I’m impressed how little hum there is given they are true single-coil pickups. Keep up the good work making great products like this one!

  11. Fred C

    I have ordered two sets now. A 10% overwound for my fretless fender jazz and a 5% overwound for a precision. Both sets just woke these basses up! Excellent tone and deep and punchy. Definitely would recommend either one.

  12. william goss

    Verified Purchase

    i bought a set of these with a 5%overwind on the bridge pickup. I also bought the concentric control plate. They arrived on time and well packed for shipping. 1st thing, the service was excellent. I had a few questions they were answered within 24 business hours. Between that and all the resources offered at the site i was able to install everything easily and with no problems and actually learned some new tips to help with soldering. They sound fantastic. I put them in a 2001 jazz bass deluxe. its had other pickups but never sounded this good. the Fralin pickups sound so full and rich. it’s the sound I’ve been searching for. With the control plate I get more tone options than original two volume one tone set up. my bass sounds like a million bucks. I couldn’t be happier.

  13. Ryan Patterson

    Verified Purchase

    My second set of Fralins don’t disappoint! I recently picked up a late 80s Korean Squire Jazz Bass for my studio and I immediately ordered a set of Fralin J Bass pups (5% over wound). They sound amazing, unsurprisingly. That perfect J-Bass mid range poke for those throaty Jaco like tones. Awesome like always!

  14. Hong Chan

    Verified Purchase

    I bought a Fender USA Professional II Jazz bass last year during covid lockdown as my first bass and I like everything about it except the pickups.

    For the last couple weeks I’ve been thinking to sell it and get other Fender Jazz bass with vintage 64 pickups but man that’s my first bass and I honestly don’t want to give it up so soon.
    That being said, I’m not saying the V-Mods II are bad, just not the sound I’m after.

    I decided to give it a go and ordered a complete set of Fralin Jazz bass pickups +5%. I put them on another night man it blew my mind! That’s EXACTLY the sound what I’m after, the vintage 60s Jazz bass tone and what surprised me is there’s not much hum even when I run the pickup individually. (Markbass Little Vintage + Aguilar DB112)

    Hands down the best investment I’ve ever had! A very well-made, attention to detail, quality products. Highly recommended! AAA++

  15. Joseph Carmona

    Verified Purchase

    I ordered the bridge position jazz pickup with the 10% overwind option. Deep bass, and mids. Exactly what I was looking for. Customer service was absolutely great. Thank you.

  16. Alexis A.D.

    Verified Purchase

    I can’t believe how good my ‘73 Jazz bass sounds. I got the stock would Jazz set with raised poles. It’s a whole new bass

  17. Michael Shapinko

    Verified Purchase

    Yep, definitely feeling good I got my hands on a set of these pickups! Stock wind on the neck, and 5% overwound on the bridge for my Squier CV 70’s Jazz. The stock pickups were/are surprisingly good, despite being underwound (70s style) and a little too thin; that sort of hi-fi sound you’d want for slap (NOT me!). These new ones are simply better.

    The bridge pickup is way beefier/fuller than before, and has a nice smoothed out edge to the highs that I like more; the overwound pickup totally delivered! It doesn’t reinvent the tone, but it does make the solo bridge pickup much more useable for me. They both just have so much more life, and character than the stock set. Even when my strings are fully dead (I like fresh Rotosounds the most), there is still a full and lively tone.

    Definitely a “sweeter” sound, as advertised, and just so full of life. They compliment the natural brightness and growl of the bass so perfectly for my needs. Even had a phone call from Mr. Fralin himself, to go over exactly what I was looking for; a really unexpected and totally awesome touch from a small business absolutely nailing it.

  18. Andreas Tieber

    Verified Purchase

    Simply the best!

    I use your PUs on 24 (in words: twenty-four) of my Fender Jazz- and P-basses and I never heard better sounding stuff! Thank you very much for that! All the best, Andreas

  19. Christian Melink

    Verified Purchase

    These pickups sound so good. Fantastic pickups, highly recommend.

  20. Thomas McFadden

    Verified Purchase

    A little disappointed

    I have a cheap Squire Jazz bass and decided to upgrade the pickups. I researched pickups and read reviews and Fralin came out on top as the ones to get. The first inkling of things to come was when I looked at the pickup measurement diagram and the bridge cover screw dimensions on the website did not match mine. I called to voice my concerns before ordering the pickups and was told they had not heard about this problem before. We decided that we should be able to make them work and ordered the pickups based on what my style of play would be. When I received the pickups they perfectly matched the screw pattern of my original pickups, not matching their website dimensions. Anyway after installing and adjusting the pickups I can honestly say that they sound almost the same as the stock pickups. In fact I almost like the sound of the stock pickups better. The stock ones seem to have more bite. I was looking for the wow factor and it just wasn’t there. Sorry guys.

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